Keystone Pipeline Now In Congressional Hands?
Only two fistfuls of days after President Obama shut the door on the Keystone Pipeline project, it appears that The House Of Representatives and Speaker Of The House John Boehner may be kicking that door back open.
On Sunday, Speaker Boehner spoke with ABC’s Jake Tapper on “This Week” saying:
“All options are on the table. If it’s not enacted before we take up the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, it’ll be part of it,”
The Keystone project would extend an oil pipeline from Canada through the United States.
Citing political maneuvering as President Obama’s motivation for killing the project earlier this month, Boehner said:
“Now that the president has decided for political reasons that we’re not going to move ahead just yet, not until after the election… we’re going to have to find another way to lean on the Senate, to take this issue up, because the Keystone pipeline will create … over 100,000 indirect jobs,”
In an economic environment where jobs are a precious rarity, we will keep an eye on Congress and see if the Split-body can make inroads into the project.
The Congress should tell the Senate that if they don’t vote for the pipeline, when Obama’s next jobs, banking, small business bill comes up they will tell Reid what he seems to be the only thing he knows how to say, “This bill is dead on arrival!” and kill Obama’s jobs bill. “What jobs bill?” Oh you didn’t hear him today tell some people somewhere that he was going to make changes in small business laws giving small business easier way to borrow money, give middle class tax breaks, reduce Capital Gains tax to zero, and a bunch of other stuff. Yeah, it’s for political purposes only. He really dosen’t mean it, and everything he does he can take right back as soon as he gets reelected, if that happens. You know he wouldn’t do anything he couldn’t overturn in a heartbeat.
But you know he’s going to scribble down something on a piece of toilet paper and call that a bill and give it the Senate. What the Congress needs to do is tell that idiot Reid that all bills must originate in the Congress and if he doesn’t turn that over to them right now Reid won’t see daylight for a month after he finally pulls himself out of Obama’s butt!
Here are some pretty concrete reasons to vote against the pipeline, you absolutely HAVE to be the most “Anti Earth” Person EVER…what good is it to have all the jobs and money in the world if there is no world left to spend it on?
1. CLIMATE CHANGE – NASA’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen has called the Keystone XL pipeline “a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” Hansen has said that if all the carbon stored in the Canadian tar sands is released into the earth’s atmosphere it would mean “game over” for the planet.
2. SPILLS – All pipelines spill. According to TransCanada the Keystone 1 pipeline was predicted to spill once every seven years. It spilled 12 times in its first year and it has spilled more than 30 times over its lifetime. The Keystone XL pipeline is built to spill, and when it does it will have a devastating effect upon employment and the economy, according to Cornell University.
The oil firm Enbridge ignored warning signs for more than five years along its 6B Line, and when it spilled in July of 2010 in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River it caused the most damaging onshore oil spill in US history.
3. EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE – TransCanada has intimidated landowners along the pipeline route into signing contractual agreements for their land. TransCanada fraudulently steals land from private citizens through eminent domain.
A recent Texas Supreme Court case ruled that the application process for common carrier status, the status that allows private companies to seize property, does not not conclusively establish eminent-domain power.
TransCanada has indicated that up to 700,000 gallons of tar sands crude could leak out of the Keystone XL pipeline without triggering its real time leak-detection system.
4. WATER CONTAMINATION – The Keystone XL pipeline threatens Texas’ Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which supplies drinking water to more than 12 million people living across 60 counties in drought-stricken East Texas.
The pipeline’s cross-border section also threatens the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest aquifer in the western North American region, upon which millions of people and agricultural businesses depend for drinking water, irrigation and livestock watering.